Learning Outcomes for Patient Investigation
Level 1 - What the doctor is able to do
Level 2 - Outcomes for Patient Investigation
As with practical procedures there are different categories of patient investigation depending on whether or not we would expect a new graduate to be able to undertake the task themselves or simply to know how the investigation is carried out and when it is appropriate to use it. Competency in the general principles of patient investigation is essential.
This could include: Level 4
General principles of patient investigation
Appropriate choice and use of investigation.
Requesting/ordering of investigations according to local protocols / guidelines.
Obtaining informed consent for investigations.
Ensuring proper patient identification.
Preparing patients for investigations practically and with adequate information.
Communicating the results of investigations to patients / relatives.
Interpreting reports / results of investigations.
Providing all necessary demographic and clinical information on request forms.
Demonstrable knowledge of the circumstances in which the commoner laboratory-based investigations are indicated and the procedures required to obtain the necessary material for investigation.
Demonstrable knowledge of the range of radiological investigations available and their appropriate use in different circumstances.
A number of system-specific investigations which the graduate should know about and may have observed, but would not routinely be expected to perform c.f. Practical Procedures:
Exercise tolerance test
Upper and lower GI Endoscopy
Fine needle aspiration
Laryngoscopy – direct and indirect
The recommended methods of assessment for this outcome are:
Other methods that may be considered, but which may be less reliable or valid are:
Potential new methods of assessment include:
Linked OSCE and EMI questions in alternate stations.
Linked OSCE stations.